Marshal Bombast wrote:
Stuart Bailey wrote:Have today rec'd the maps and locations guide:
Note that Rome burnt down in AD64 is still mostly in ruins while Londinium burnt to the ground in AD61 and its population slaughtered by the Iceni has been rebuilt and its population is now up to 50,000.
Surely the Gov of Britannia must be spared from cracking the heads of the Caledonii (sorry I mean teaching them the benefits of Roman Civilization) to lead the Senate Committee planning the rebuilding of Rome.
Note that all the locations in my Province are tiny but I do seem to have a lot of ports (probably for all the Olive oil exports) and one location with write up "Notable as a centre for Roman philosophers, poets, and orators".......clearly its Quality which matters most.
Thanks Stuart, you reminded me to order my copies.
RIB's web page lists the game as a wargames campaign so would there be much intrigue and economy generation as TGOK, I'm not sure - but am eager to find out when the rules come out
Maps show location of gold/silver mines and marble while various locations are mentioned as ports so I would guess money may come into the game since all of those chariot races and gladiators do not come cheap! Plus I assume you will need to bribe various Barbarians to play nice while you are away from the frontier getting yourself made Emperor.
Aternatively, if like some of the Rhine and Danube Legion commanders you have lots of man power and not much in the way of ready cash you may need to beat up various Barbarian Tribes for Slaves who can then be sold to pay the Army its traditional and very expensive bonus on arrival of a new Emperor.
Historically, in the year of the four Emperor's one Emperor forgot to pay this bonus and did not last very long at all. While the winner paid the bonus and for the rebuilding of Rome including new Colusium from the proceeds of crushing the Jewish revolt inc at least 100,000 slaves as well as the loot from the 2nd Temple. While most of the actual fighting was done by his allies from the Danube Legions.
The other key factors in Verpasian's victory was support of Imperial freemen who controlled a lot of cash and Rome's grain supply from Egypt and good ralations with the Parthians so he did not have to dodge a arrow in the back while trying to get measured for the Purple.
Since Empire already has a perfectly good road system and a highly trained and well equiped Army and players are taking part of Roman Senators most of who are thinking Nero is a nut case who gas to go and what would they look like in purple. I assume emphasis is going to be less on position development and more on political faction development.
Think Glori but everyone playing a Spanish Noble with a possible claim to the throne.
Not saying every player is going to go for the Purple but they should all be doing their best to win honour and glory for their Senatorial families (ie end up on winning side).
I believe that some strange people are also going to be playing Barbarians - Think Glori pirate position. Bit of a pain but will no doubt be crushed once this small internal problem is solved.
PS If a faction wants to recruit my character in game and they want some good Omens - Just make me Pontifix Maximous with a sharp knife and a supply of Goats or perhaps Scot's.